Painted Rocks with Gems – Rock Painting Ideas for Kids

Make these painted rocks with gems in just a few minutes. Use them as kindness rocks or to just bring new rock painting ideas for kids to your favorite little rock painters!

Make this quick rock painting idea for kids - painted rocks with gems! They make awesome kindness rocks.

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Easy Rock Painting Ideas

The rock painting craze is still going strong in the Ruffles and Rain Boots house. Our 6-year-old is now into trading rocks with some of her school friends and it’s almost the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

These painted rocks with gems are such a hit with the rock painting crowd around here. They are:

  • a quick rock painting idea,
  • have endless design options,
  • are adored by kids,
  • are glittery, and
  • they have big, sparkly gems on them.

Win, win, win, win, and win.

Seriously. Right now, I feel like I’m nailing this parenting thing. Except we’ll probably have take-out for dinner because we spent the entire time after school making these rocks.

Can’t win ’em all, friends.

Supplies for Painted Rocks with Gems

  • Base Coated Rocks (we used blue and purple)
  • Glitter Glue
  • Gems (they’re about 1/2 an inch)
  • Tiny gems (from a manicure kit), sequins, or anything else that’s sparkly
  • Fine-Tip Paint Pens
  • Tweezers
  • ModPodge, Polyurethane Sealant, and Applicator (foam brush and/or rag)

Instructions for Jeweled Rocks

NOTE: if you like video, there’s a quick video tutorial for these painted rocks with gems. Just scroll down.

This really is a quick craft, especially if you’re like us and base coat rocks ahead of time. These jewel-tone rocks had just been lying in our rock painting supply bin. Lucky us. If you don’t have painted rocks on hand, give 2 coats of a light color or heavy-load a dark. Let dry.

Base Coat and Attach Gem

Add a large gem to the base-coated rocks. Outline in glitter glue. You might need to go back over the glitter glue outline after it dries, so don’t put the glitter glue away just yet.

Attach the small gems with tweezers after applying a small amount of ModPodge. Just stick ’em on there any way you’d like.

Attach jewel and give glitter glue collar on kindness rock

Add a Sentiment

Use a pencil to write on your statement to make sure it fits. We used:

  • “Shine” and
  • “U R A Gem.”

Other ideas for painted rocks with gems:

  • Never let anyone dull your sparkle.
  • Shine on.
  • Be the light.
  • Let your light shine.

After penciling the sentiment onto the painted rock use a Posca paint pen to add the kindness rock sentiment

Paint Sentiment and Touch Up

With the paint pen, go over your penciled-in sentiment. Let dry and repeat, if needed. We didn’t need to with these paint pens, but some you will have to, especially if you use white.

Check the glitter glue and add more if it shrunk and developed holes while it was drying.

Protect and Seal

Cover in a light coat of ModPodge (only over the writing to seal the paint pen). Once dried – it dries very quickly – coat the rock in polyurethane to protect it.

Yield: 1

Painted Rocks with Gems - Rock Painting Ideas for Kids

Painted Rocks with Gems - Add Jewels to Rocks - easy Rock Painting ideas for kids

Make these painted rocks with gems in just a few minutes. Use them as kindness rocks or to just bring new rock painting ideas for kids to your favorite little rock painters!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Base Coated Rocks (we used blue and purple)
  • Glitter Glue
  • Gems (they're about 1/2 an inch)
  • Tiny gems (from a manicure kit), sequins, or anything else that's sparkly

Tools

  • Fine-Tip Paint Pens
  • Tweezers
  • ModPodge, Polyurethane Sealant, and Applicator (foam brush and/or rag)

Instructions

Base Coat and Attach Gem

  1. Add a large gem to the base-coated rocks. Outline in glitter glue. You might need to go back over the glitter glue outline after it dries, so don't put the glitter glue away just yet.
  2. Attach the small gems with tweezers after applying a small amount of ModPodge. Just stick 'em on there any way you'd like.

Add a Sentiment

Use a pencil to write on your statement to make sure it fits. We used:

  • "Shine" and
  • "U R A Gem."

Other ideas for painted rocks with gems:

  • Never let anyone dull your sparkle.
  • Shine on.
  • Be the light.
  • Let your light shine.

Paint Sentiment and Touch Up

  1. With the paint pen, go over your penciled-in sentiment. Let dry and repeat, if needed. We didn't need to with these paint pens, but some you will have to, especially if you use white.
  2. Check the glitter glue and add more if it shrunk and developed holes while it was drying.

Protect and Seal

  1. Cover in a light coat of ModPodge (only over the writing to seal the paint pen). Once dried - it dries very quickly - coat the rock in polyurethane to protect it.
Painted Rocks with Gems - Add Jewels to Rocks - easy Rock Painting ideas for kids

Did you make this?

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seal the painted rock with gems and jewels

How to Add Gems to Rocks (Video Tutorial)

If you like to learn while watching video, check out our gem rock tutorial here on YouTube.

Over to You

Wasn’t that the most simple, fun rock painting idea for kids? My daughter LOVES this painted rock fun and has made a few to gift and to hide.

For more rock painting ideas for kids, see the list here or scroll down. While you’re scrolling, would you share this to your favorite rock painting group on Facebook? Your shares are how we grow and we are sincerely grateful.

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